Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAL TEAM--but there is also a red team, a blue team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
Scavenger Hunt Puzzle:
Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Teal Team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting Sarah Tomp on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Sarah is the author of MY BEST EVERYTHING. She has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from VCFA. She lives in San Diego, but spent her teen years running a little bit wild in the mountains of Virginia.
Find out more information by checking out her great author website, and you can find her book on sale here as well.
Here's the rundown on MY BEST EVERYTHING:
Lulu Mendez is determined to leave her small Virginia hometown, and job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out. Desperate for funds, she cooks up the illegal plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. Quickly realizing they're out of their depth, they turn to Mason, a local boy who's always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything? My Best Everything is Lulu's letter to Mason--but it a love letter, an apology, or a good-bye?
And here's Sarah's bonus content, a deleted scene from the novel!
Leap and the net will appear.
That’s a saying I try to live by. It’s about trust. Giving up control to a higher power. Even when—or maybe especially when—you’re standing at the edge with nowhere to go but down.
Like that night I ended up with a flat tire on my bike. I was stuck, miles from home, in the dark, with no way to fix it and no one to call. But then Bucky, this guy I work with at the Club, was suddenly there to offer me a ride home. It seemed like fate was giving me a net.
He had two girls with him—his girlfriend Roni and her best friend Lulu—both of them silly and giggling and leaning all over each other. Definitely buzzed. Inside his truck the smell of liquor was mixed with the smell of their shampoo or lotion and whatever else it is that makes girls so complicated.
Roni leaned forward, popping her head between Bucky and me. “You know what I think, Mason? I think you need a country song for your poor broken bike.”
“Sorry,” said Bucky. But his grin made it clear he knew what was coming, and didn’t mind one bit.
She went on, “You know how country songs have a way of making everything sound tragic and full of heartbreak? Well, whenever we feel like whining and complaining, we make up a song for the occasion.” And then, right there in the cab, she belted out, “Soooooo… you had a bad day...”
Lulu, completely off-key, answered her, “Nothing’s going your way.”
“Trouble has its eyes on you…”
“And your bike.” Lulu busted out laughing.
“You have to rhyme, Lulu,” Roni scolded her. Then she said to me, “I can’t write songs about Bucky, because of where the rhyme takes me.”
I laughed. Because, yeah.
“But Mason… well, your name might actually have potential. Basin, hasten…”
“Wastin’?” I offered. But at that same moment Lulu half-sang, half-yelled, “Amazing!”
And then our eyes met. Lulu and me. And just like that, I knew I was about to leap.
Problem is, I’ve always liked the fall.
Continuing the hunt!
Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Sarah Tomp, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Teal Team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!
How did you find out about this year's scavenger hunt? Have you participated before? I'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
And be sure to follow the Indestructibles series on Facebook and Twitter at @mattphillion! Thanks for supporting the scavenger hunt and all YA authors.
Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.